Reading boss Brian McDermott claims he'd have signed Conor Washington if it were possible

Conor Washington left Peterborough United to join Queens Park Rangers yesterday.

Reading boss Brian McDermott has told GetReading that if it were possible to have completed a deal for Conor Washington he would have.

Washington moved from Peterborough United to Queens Park Rangers yesterday, but it was Reading who were first suggested to have a bid accepted for the 23-year-old striker in the Daily Mail.

The Royals were reportedly keen on the in-form front man, but the link went quiet - and QPR stole a march on them to secure Washington’s signature.

And McDermott said: "Listen I know the player and he’s a player who, if I could have done the deal, I would have taken him to Reading."

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony seemed to suggest that Reading had pulled out on a deal as their owner wanted to sign a Polish striker instead on Twitter.

HITC reported on MacAnthony’s comments yesterday, and McDermott would not confirm whether the tweets were about his side.

"Ask him," McDermott said when questioned whether the tweets were about Reading. 

Washington has been handed the number nine shirt at QPR, and he has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road.

The former Newport County front man could make his debut for Rangers in their match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

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